When we went to Download Festival 2014, we had planned on asking all the bands what they would do if Linkin Park ratted them out to the cops (not sure what we’re talking about? Here’s a link to Sublime With Rome’s version of what happened when they played a festival with Chester Bennington and co at a festival in the USA). However, we got distracted by drinking booze and watching bands and only did a handful. The best of our videos – by far – was when we caught up with our old friends CJ McMahon and Lee Stanton from mighty Australian deathcore monsters Thy Art Is Murder what they would do if Linkin Park grassed them up to the fuzz.
April 1st, 2014
With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?
What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.
September 26th, 2013
Having released an excellent new album last week in the form of Wild Light, 65daysofstatic are doing the usual promotional tour for it. Seeing as the album is so excellent, it would’ve been foolish to miss them in London, wouldn’t it.
6 things we learnt watching 65dos at The Scala
September 19th, 2013
There’s a new (nu?) trend afoot in the world of emerging metalcore bands and that trend is similar in its makeup to nu metal when it came out. Instead of chug heavy riffs, we start with metalcore and instead of rap, we have RnB. Gavin Lloyd grew up with nu metal. Is this new trend as worthy or original, though? Hmmm…
I grew up during nu metal’s heyday and the likes of Limp Bizkit and Slipknot went a long way towards shaping my taste in music and making me the metal-loving scamp I am today. Nu metal was huge and had a mainstream crossover appeal that hasn’t been seen since in terms of heavy music.
June 21st, 2012
Raz couldn’t make it to “the studio” for episode 003 of the Thrash Hits podcast, so this week we got everyone’s favourite long-haired fantasy-nerd hipster, Tom Dare, to sit in instead. This week’s topics see us breaking down the new albums from Gojira and Linkin Park, mouthing off about Kate Nash’s…errr…new direction, and see us manage to say something so offensive we felt the need to bleep it out. It’s all downhill from here.
We still want your feedback on this one, so please take a moment to send us your thoughts via email, by posting a comment down below, or by bellowing at us over Facebook or Twitter. And for Satan’s sake, go and subscribe to our podcast over on iTunes.
April 16th, 2012
The Californian former nu-metal superstars have returned with ‘Burn It Down’, the first track off their fifth album, Living Things. It’s not metal. It’s got synths and Chester Bennington’s big vocals and sounds… nice. That’s what Linkin Park are now: nice.
July 6th, 2011
June 13th, 2011
The last band of the weekend. The ground was muddy and the air was cold and windy so let’s just blame the miserable weather for the crowd being so sparse during Linkin Park. Yeah… let’s.
June 8th, 2011
It’s fitting that the biggest of the three headliners is closing Download Festival 2011. Sunday night hosts Linkin Park and hopefully won’t be as darned wet as it was last year. The number of people we saw aquaplaning across Donington Park was as humorous as it was distressing. Anyway. Watch some videos. Read stuff. You know.
March 10th, 2011
Seriously, if your boyfriend/girlfriend/brother/sister/ANYONE you vaguely know wants to go to a LP gig, read your response very, very carefully before pressing “Send”.